TOURS Around Rome

ROMAN CASTLES: FRASCATI, GROTTAFERRATA,CASTELGANDOLFO, ARICCIA, NEMI – full day tour:
The tour includes the visit of some of the famous “Castelli romani”, pretty towns located about 20km south of Rome, in the Colli Albani area, and well known for the beautiful nature and the local food and wine. We will start with Frascati, seat of prestigious villas, as the Aldobrandini, Torlonia, Sciarra and Grazioli. We will visit the Casthedral designed by Mascherino, and the Jesus' Church, with its amazing “false dome” by Andrea Pozzo.
We will continue with the tour of Grottaferrata and its old Abbey, San Nilo; then we will move to Castelgandolfo, a pretty, small village dominated by the Pope's summer Residence; in front of the main gate of it, there's the church of San Tommaso da Villanova, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. From a terrace just behind the church, tourists can enjoy a wonderful view over the Albano Lake. We will move to Nemi, where we can visit the Museum of the roman boats (dating from Caligula's time), discovered in the Nemi lake. Before we leave the town, we can take some time to angoy a good cup of gelato with the local Nemi strawberries!! Our day will finish in Ariccia, dominated by the Palazzo Chigi and the Church Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; at the end of the visit, we could have a nice meal in one of the local “fraschette”, where you might try the local porchetta (spiced pork meat) and the local wine (Romanella).

CERVETERI AND BRACCIANO

We will visit the amazing Etruscan necropolis in Cerveteri, that was one of the most important commercial centres in the Mediterranean from the 7th to the 5th centuries BC.
In the necropolis, visitors can admire and enter the typical burial buildings, named “tumulus”, circular structures cut into the earth.
After the tour, we will move to Bracciano, with its enchanting lake; the nice town is dominated by the Odescalchi Castle, example of military architecture and noble residence.

ANCIENT CITY OF OSTIA AND ITS MEDIEVAL TOWN

We will visit the ancient Roman city port of Ostia, that, with Pompeii and Herculaneum, is the site that offers the most complete view of a typical roman city, still very well preververd and where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the roman daily life; we will admire the Necropolis, the public Baths, the Theatre, the forum of the corporations, with its beautiful mosaics, the insulae (residential quarters) and some thermopolia (ancient “cafè” or self service restaurant!). After the tour, we will continue visiting the medieval village of Ostia, with the Julius II's Castle and Sant'Aurea Church.

PALESTRINA AND ZAGAROLO

During the Roman Age, Palestrina was an important town with beautiful summer residences and villas belonging to wealthy roman families. The mail attraction is the Santuario della Fortuna Primigenia, a massive sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Fortune and dating to the 2nd century BC. Remains of it can be admired in the Museo Archeologico, housed in the beautiful 17th century Palazzo Colonna Barberini. The collection includes a sculpture of Jupiter,Juno and Minerva and the amazing Nile mosaic. Then, we will move to Zagarolo, pretty town at the south slopes of Monti Prenestini, whose center is dominated by Palazzo Rospigliosi, once Colonna.

THE VILLAS IN TIVOLI

Being 30Km east of Rome and accessible by bus or trein, Tivoli is definitely worthy to be visited and maybe spent a full day tour. Famous all over the World for its Villas, the visit can start with the one named after Emperor Hadrian (Villa Adriana), a great Residence built between 118 and 133 AD, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the roman territory. We will admire the “pecile”, a large porticoed pool area; the so called “teatro marittimo”, the Emperor's private retreat, built on an island in an artificial pool; the canopo, a long canal of water inspired by the sanctuary of Serapis near Alexandria. After it, we will move to Villa D'Este, residence of Cardinal Ippolito II, designed by Pirro Ligorio and well known for its Reinassance italian garden, decorated with spectacular fountains. We will finish the tour with Villa Gregoriana, a large public park open by Pope Gregory XVI in 1835.

SUBIACO AND THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERIES

Located in the Aniene Valley in a dramatic position, this medieval, pretty town is well worth the trip from Rome, not only to visit the famous monasteries, but also to enjoy the breathtaking cross-country views. Subiaco is closely linked to the name of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order and Father of Western Monasticism. The visit includes the “Sacro speco” (Monastery of St. Benedict), carved into the rock over the saint's cave, and the Monastery of St. Scholastica, the only one of 13 monasteries built by St. Benedict still standing in the area of the Aniene Valley.

NETTUNO: ST. MARIA GORETTI SHRINES AND SICILY – ROME AMERICAN CEMETERY

About 1 hour from Rome, on the south Tyrrhenian coast, Nettuno is a pretty medieval town, nowadays mainly a resort city for roman families who come here for their summer vacations. Nettuno is also famous thanks to St. Maria Goretti, whose sanctuary stands close to the beach and houses her remains. The visit includes the Church with the Saint's body, the Ferriere house, where she lived with her family and where she found her death, killed by a young boy, Alessandro Serenelli, because she didn't want to submit to his sexual advances.
We can also spend some time visiting the beautuful Sicily – Rome American Cemetery, with its 7861 burials of American military war dead; the majority of these individuals died in the liberation of Sicily,in the landings of the Salerno area and the fighting northward, in the landings at Anzio Beach and expansion of the beachhead.

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